Since August 2018, Michael Sedlmair is a researcher at the Visualization Research Center at the University of Stuttgart. As Assistant Professor his work focuses on the development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions, Data Visualization, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). In an interview he answered some questions regarding his current and future research activities and his idea of how our future might look like.
In July 2018, approximately 100 researchers and practitioners interested in the field of provenance gathered at Provenance Week 2018 that took place at King’s College London. Among them, Sarah Oppold (PhD student, Data Engineering group at the Institute of Parallel and Distributed Systems (IPVS), University of Stuttgart) and me.
The second Sino-German Workshop on visualization was held in the Estrel hotel, Berlin, Germany on 21st, October 2018, co-located with IEEE VIS 2018. This workshop aimed at bringing together German and Chinese researchers in the field of visualization and was co-organized by Prof. Yunhai Wang from Shandong University, China, and me. Over 40 participants from German and Chinese Universities including University of Konstanz, University of Stuttgart, University of Bonn, Shandong University, Zhejiang University, and Peking University were brought together.
Digital images have become omnipresent in modern life. The popularity and affordability of handheld imaging devices, especially smartphones, along with the rapid development of social media and social networking services such as Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram have made images a popular and integral part of everyday communication. With the development of visual media transmission systems, it is becoming increasingly important to improve visual applications in order to meet the quality expectations of end users. For this aim, it is important to evaluate the image quality directly from the user’s perspective, which is known as quality of experience.
I’m a PhD student at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Canada, where I belong to the visualization for information analytics laboratory (vialab). In this past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to spend 3 months in the University of Konstanz working closely with the Data Analytics and the Computational Linguistic groups.
Last week (October 8-12, 2018) was a conference week for computer scientists in Stuttgart, as three main events took place co-located in space and time: the 1st International Conference on Quantification in Visual Computing (SFB-TRR 161), the 40th German Conference on Pattern Recognition (GCPR), and the 23rd International Symposium on Vision, Modelling, and Visualization (VMV).
The 4th International BDVA (Big Data Visual and Immersive Analytics) 2018 Symposium is a well-established scientific meeting that covers the area of Visual Analytics and Immersive Analytics of Big Data. The international symposium will be the first time held out of Australia at the University of Konstanz on October 17 – 19, 2018. BDVA 2018 offers researchers with the opportunity to be part of an exciting programme with internationally renowned keynote speakers, special sessions, and Workshops.
Mit Hilfe von VR-Ferngläsern ist das zur Zeit auf der Konstanzer Insel Mainau in der Ausstellung „Vom Bodensee nach Afrika – mit ICARUS auf Langstrecke“ möglich! An verschiedenen Stationen kann man hier die Entwicklungen in der Tierbeobachtung nachvollziehen und sich interaktiv über aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse informieren.
This years conference on visualization EuroVis 2018 took place from 4th June till 8th June. Besides the excellent works presented at the conference, there were lots of possibilities to discuss topics with people from diverse areas and to meet new people from various domains worth exchanging experiences.
As in the previous years, the third instance of the SFB-TRR 161 doctoral retreat took place in the middle of the black forest, at the Waldhotel Zollernblick in Freudenstadt, from April 4 to 6, 2018. Besides the goal of getting in touch with each other, the focus in this retreat was on the exploration of possible collaborations for the second funding period.